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Can I replace my broken stereo for a used one?

My cd player on the stereo is broken, A friend of mine told me that the only way to replace the stereo is to take the car to thr dealer because the stereos have a code and only from the dealer can be installed.

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I had the same problem with my 1999 Grand Am SE. I replaced it with a Sony radio from Crutchfield which has some wonderful bells and whistles including my favorite item a USB flash drive and removable face. It took me about two hours to do it myself and a ordered the soldering crimps to hold the wires together. There instructions are great (I am a female DIYer) and the sound quality is excellent. I'm sure they or some other company might have a radio that you can replace it. One drawback was that the steering wheel controls for the stereo no longer work. But the USB makes up for that in that I can load tons of music and have it take up the space of my thumb (literally) and not have to have cds sliding everywhere. I hope this helps.

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It's true your stereo and any factory matching unit will have a "code". Many newer vehicles incorporate the audio system through the BCM to notify the operator of certain malfunctions. You can ,through many dealers, obtain a security code to "unlock" junkyard replacements. You will generally be asked for proof of ownership and so on. You can also, with the correct wiring harnesses, install an aftermarket system, but you wont have the "chimes" and such that the original unit made through your speakers as designed by the manufacturer.

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You could do that, or buy aftermarket stereo, an if you do come across another, the dealer could install it or you could to, all u do is hook up everything from one to the other

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